(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
April 28, 2014 
MTA Expedites Positive Train Control Installation Efforts 
Changes Aim to Bring Train Safety System to Metro-North and LIRR
In a move to enhance the safety of Metro-North Railroad and Long
Island Rail Road signaling systems sooner, Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (MTA) Board committees today approved
the expansion of a contract with a joint venture of Bombardier
Transportation/Siemens Rail Automation by an additional $11.3
million. The Bombardier/Siemens joint venture is serving as the
MTA’s Positive Train Control system integrator under a $428.5
million contract awarded last November. The contract amendment
goes to the full MTA Board for consideration on Wednesday. 
“Bearing in mind that the safety of our customers is the top
priority of the MTA and its railroads, we are taking careful
steps to accelerate the implementation of this important
technology,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.
“Positive Train Control will provide a strong layer of safety
over our existing systems. It aims to eliminate the risk of
accidents from train-vs.-train collisions or derailments
resulting from excessive speed around curves. We support this
technology and we want our customers to begin benefiting from it
sooner rather than later.” 
The amended contract would expedite by up to nearly two years
the retrofitting of 836 LIRR and 474 Metro-North rail cars to
enable them for send and receive Positive Train Control signals.
Those retrofits will now be completed by April 2017. 
The amended contract also will allow the railroads to deploy
equipment at 175 locations alongside the tracks that will
facilitate communication between the Positive Train Control
central computers and the computers on board trains. This move
will expedite by up to one year the installation of PTC on
territory covering 85% to 90% of the railroads’ customers. 
Positive Train Control will enhance existing train dispatching
and signaling systems by automatically enforcing temporary and
permanent speed restrictions and automatically stopping trains
at red signals. 
MTA Press Office
(212) 878-7440 
(bjh) NY 
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